Lamton quality laminate flooring is manufactured to exacting standards for long life and lasting beauty. Following these simple procedures for installation and it will ensure many years of pride and satisfaction.
Do not install laminate panels in bathrooms, shower rooms, or other rooms exposed to excessive moisture.
It is recommended that a moisture barrier be placed over all concrete floors, even if no moisture emissions are apparent.
To protect panels against moisture from surfaces where moisture is likely to occur, a moisture barrier must first be placed
over the base surface. Use 6-mil (0.2mm) polyethylene film. Overlap the edges of the polyethylene by a minimum of 8 inches and
seal the junction with moisture proof self-adhesive tape. Use on concrete floors and all floors below grade or other areas where
condensation or moisture emissions may occur.
A moisture barrier should be installed over floors with radiant heat. Before laying the barrier, turn heat down to 15° C (60° F) one week before. Keep the temperature below 27°C (80°F) at all times.
Wear protective mask, safety glasses and gloves when sawing panels. Always cut laminate panels with the décor side facing down. An electric circular saw or miter saw with a finishing blade is recommended..
Lamton transition moldings in matching trims can be used for the following purposes:
Be sure to measure all floor surfaces with the required expansion gaps. (See Expansion below.)
Panel tongues are 5mm and must be part of the measurement when considering expansion space. If
preferred, you can cut off the tongue facing the expansion gap on the first row. It is also important to measure the room for squareness. If walls are not square, it is recommended that you use the longest, straightest wall as your reference line, and draw perpendiculars lines from it. TIP: Draw your line at a distance from the wall more than width of the laminate panel so it is visible after you position your first row of panels.
It is recommended that all installed panels be at least 12 inches (30.5 cm) in length. TIP:
Measure the length of a row and cut the first panel of the row according to the length desired
for the last panel of the row.
For appearance, panels are normally installed so the length direction of the panels is the same as the length direction of the room.
This will also reduce the amount of cutting required.
Because changes in heat and humidity will cause laminate panels to expand and contract in both length and width,
expansion spaces must be allowed on all sides of the installed floor. The use of spacers inserted between the panels
and perimeter walls is recommended. The spacers should be removed after the panels are installed and before moldings
are attached to the walls.
For rooms up to 25 feet (7.6 meters) in width and 40 feet (12.2 meters) in length, allow for expansion between 3/8"
and 5/8" (10mm to 16mm) along each wall.
For floors more than 25 feet (7.6 meters) wide or more than 40 feet (12.2 meters) long, an additional expansion joint must be
inserted. Expansion joints are also required in doorways, and between adjoining rooms or areas where adjacent flooring is installed.
Use a T-molding to cover the expansion joint.
Install at a room temperature of 65° F (18° C)
When installing a laminate panel around a pipe or other obstacle, leave the same expansion gap as you would next to a wall.
Measure and precut the affected panel. If there is condensation from the pipe, cut the panel so there is sufficient space to keep
the panel dry. It is recommended that you treat the exposed edge of the panel to protect it from pipe condensation. TIP: Fill the
space around a pipe with caulking in order to protect the exposed (cut) edge of the panel.
Caution: Wood Dust can be hazardous to your health. Wood products including fiberboard and engineered wood products produce wood dust when sawn, sanded, or machined.
Airborne wood dust can cause health problems and can also be an explosive hazard. Power tools should be equipped with dust
collectors, and precaution should be taken to prevent ignition. In the United States, the National Institute for Occupational
Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends limiting wood dust exposure to prevent the following health problems: eye and skin irritation;
allergy, reduced lung function, asthma, and nasal cancer. Use an appropriate NIOSH approved dust mask and safety glasses when sawing,
sanding, or machining wood products. In countries outside the USA, consult the relevant national occupational health
and safety authority for the appropriate standard in protective equipment.